Hydrogen Fuel Cells for Electric Vehicles Global Patent Landscape 2022: Numerous R&D Programs, Strategic Alliances and Partnerships Among Vehicle Manufacturers Fostering Growth in Sector

Dublin, Oct. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Hydrogen Fuel Cells for Electric Vehicles Patent Landscape 2022" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

Nowadays, the global transportation sector represents about one quarter of all direct carbon dioxide emissions. To remedy this, during the past few years, several national and supranational governments around the world have instigated policy regulations and financial incentives regarding research and development programs in order to help green hydrogen production, hydrogen infrastructures and fuel cell-powered electric vehicles thrive in the future.

Moreover, numerous R&D programs, strategic alliances and partnerships among vehicle manufacturers, equipment suppliers (OEM) and hydrogen- and fuel cell-related companies have blossomed, giving a strong insight into the structuring and strengthening of this specific market.

The last 10 years we witnessed a shift in technological interest in the automotive sector, with companies concentrating their R&D efforts and patenting activities on battery technologies. But with some as yet unresolved issues for electric vehicles (mileage autonomy, charging speed and safety to name a few), there was a revival in interest in fuel cell technology patent filings in the mid-2010s, with a CAGR of 18% between 2015 and 2021.

In this context, the publisher is releasing a new report which aims to provide a comprehensive view of the patent landscape related to hydrogen-based fuel cells for terrestrial electric vehicles (cars, trucks and buses), from electrolyte and electrode materials to the fuel cell system and vehicle integration, segmented into fuel cell technologies - such as proton exchange membrane (PEMFC), solid oxide (SOFC) and molten carbonate (MCFC).

Patent landscape analysis is a powerful tool to understand global hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles competitive and technological environment. Overall, patenting activity (patent filings) reflects the level of R&D investment made by a country or player in a specific technology, while providing clues as to the technology readiness level reached by the main IP players. What's more, the technology coverage along the value chain and the geographical coverage of the patent portfolios are closely related to the business strategy of IP players.

A sector boosted by the emergence of newcomers

With more than 30,000 patent families published in the past 20 years, hydrogen-based fuel cell technologies for road transportation (cars, trucks, buses) is a sector that has caught the attention of a lot of companies around the world. As in a lot of innovation-led industry sectors, Japanese players historically took over the fuel cell-related technological field in the 2000s, taking a quantitative approach in patenting activity.

Players such as car makers (Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, etc.), equipment suppliers (Aisin Seiki, Denso, Soken, etc.), device manufacturers (Panasonic/Sanyo, Hitachi, Toshiba, Murata/Sony, etc.) or material suppliers (Toppan Printing, Nippon Steel, Toray Industries, Sumitomo, etc.) have been active all along the value chain, from electrode materials and fuel cell stacks to system integration into vehicles. Other players have joined their Japanese counterparts in patent filings in that period, like US General Motors and Ford, German Daimler, Volkswagen/Audi, Bosch and BMW, and South Korean Hyundai/Kia, Samsung and LG.

More recently, the patenting activity is led by German vehicle manufacturers and Chinese newcomers, as a way to develop and diversify their businesses, for the former - Volkswagen/Audi, Bosch or BMW - and to take some market shares and develop fuel cell technologies, for the latter - vehicle manufacturers Grove Hydrogen Automotive, FAW China First Automotive Works, Dongfeng Motor, Yutong Bus or SAIC Group, and product devices sellers SinoHytec, Weichai Group, FTXT Energy Technology or Shanghai Shenli High Technology.

Patent segmentation

The patent families have been categorized according to the fuel cell technologies (PEMFC, SOFC, MCFC, PAFC, AFC, etc.), cell materials and components (electrodes, membranes, catalysts, gas diffusion layer, bipolar plates, electrolytes, etc.), management and control (thermal management, pressure management, etc.), stacking of fuel cells, fuel cell system, hydrogen storage, etc.

Key Topics Covered:

1 Introduction

2 Scope of the Report and Methodology

3 Highlights and Key Insights

4 Patent Landscape Overview

5 IP Collaborations

6 IP Litigations and Oppositions

7 Patent Segmentation

8 Focus on PEMFC

9 IP Profiles of Key Players

10 Publisher Presentation

Companies Mentioned

  • AGC
  • Aisin Seiki
  • Anderson Industries
  • Asahi Kasei
  • BAIC Group (Beijing Automotive)
  • Blue World Technologies
  • BMW
  • Bosch
  • Canon
  • Cellcentric
  • Chery Automobile
  • Daimler
  • Denso
  • Dongfeng Motor
  • FAW (China First Automobile Works)
  • Ford
  • FTXT Energy Technology
  • General Motors
  • Grove Hydrogen Automotive
  • Hitachi Group
  • Honda
  • Hylium Industries
  • Hyundai/Kia
  • J&L Tech
  • Kolon Industries
  • LG Group
  • Mitsubishi Group
  • Murata Manufacturing/Sony
  • New Keli Chemical
  • Nippon Steel
  • Nissan Group
  • Nuvoton
  • Panasonic/Sanyo
  • Refire Technology
  • Renault
  • Wuhan University of Technology
  • Zhejiang University

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